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By Mantej Mann and Shamoon Hafez

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  1. Goodbye

    Time for a lie down after a bumper day of Premier League news conferences.

    We are back on Saturday for more football action.

    In the mean time, have a read of these:

  2. 'No doubts about the players'

    Burnley v Watford (Sun, 13:30 BST)


    Watford started the season by beating Brighton 2-0 at Vicarage Road.

    Manager Javi Gracia said: "We know it is only the beginning but we need to create something not only looking at the end of the road but to improve day by day. We need to keep this level and get more points in the future.

    "I am happy with the players we have at the moment. Roberto Pereyra scored two goals in the last game but the strikers will help to create chances and score. I do not have any doubts about he players we have."

  3. Post update

    So it turns out we're expecting one more manager - Watford's Javi Gracia is the last one, we promise!

  4. Happy with the signings

    Cardiff v Newcastle (Sat, 12:30 BST)

    Newcastle United

    Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez added: "Cardiff are very strong physically, and they will try to create a good atmosphere.

    “The new signings were training well, and we will see (if they will play) tomorrow. I am happy with them.”

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  6. 'Stronger squad'

    Cardiff v Newcastle (Sat, 12:30 BST)

    Newcastle United

    Newcastle finished a comfortable 10th in the league last season and started this campaign with a 2-1 defeat by Tottenham.

    Manager Rafael Benitez said: “I’ve said before that the squad for us is stronger (than last season). We had some gaps to fill, and we brought some players in.”

    “I know how much we can improve, so we are working and trying to do that.”

  7. Benitez is in

    Cardiff v Newcastle (Sat, 12:30 BST)

    Newcastle United

    Rafael Benitez starts by congratulating opposite number Neil Warnock, his staff, players and the club’s fans on their promotion to the Premier League.

    That's nice of him.

  8. Post update

    Last but not least, Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez is up next to conclude a busy day of Premier League news conferences...

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  10. 'He cannot have any bad feeling toward us'

    Brighton v Man Utd (Sun, 16:00)

    Manchester United

    Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford, but it now seems the Italian will stay with the club.

    The Portuguese added: "I don't think he will go and, you know, he cannot have any bad feelings towards us, because we opened the door for him in case his desire was to go.

    "It looks like it's not going to end in a transfer and for me it is good news. For me it's good news that Matteo is staying. He's always an option for us, he's always a reliable player."

  11. 'Lingard, Valencia and Matic in training'

    Brighton v Man Utd (Sun, 16:00)

    Manchester United

    Ahead of Sunday's match with Brighton, Mourinho gave an update on the fitness of some of his players, saying: "Lingard, Matic and Valencia are training with the team since yesterday. They are fully fit, but not yet ready to play or even be selected I think."

    "Brighton lost their first match, so they are working for a reaction, they are working to improve their game, so it will be a difficult match for us, but we are confident."

  12. 'He has the conditions to be future captain'

    Brighton v Man Utd (Sun, 16:00)

    Manchester United

    On the captaincy situation at Old Trafford, Mourinho said: “We thought, I think it was before the game against Basel, Pogba is a young guy, with a good personality, made in the academy, normally a starting line-up player, so he has the conditions to be a captain in the future.

    In the continuity of this, with no Antonio (Valencia) in the team, he was the captain and for the next match I don't think Antonio's going to play, so he'll be the captain again. But one day when Antonio comes back, Antonio will be the captain again.”

  13. 'It is not easy to be fined at this club'

    Brighton v Man Utd (Sun, 16:00)

    Manchester United

    Jose Mourinho added: "Write what you want but please don't lie. Everything is respectful between us. I have no problems at all. The only player that has been fined here is Anthony Martial, it is not easy to be fined at this club."

  14. 'He is working extremely well here'

    Brighton v Man Utd (Sun, 16:00)

    Manchester United

    Paul Pogba had said he needs to be happy to perform at his best for Manchester United, adding that he would be fined if he spoke his true feelings.

    On Pogba's recent comments, Mourinho added: "I don't care, I want him to play well. I want him to play well for the team, I want him to play for the fans and that's what he did. He's working extremely well here.

    "He will remain as the captain for the next game."

  15. 'I've never been more happy with him than now'

    Brighton v Man Utd (Sun, 16:00)

    Manchester United

    Manchester manager Jose Mourinho has dismissed rumours of unrest between him and midfielder Paul Pogba.

    Speaking ahead of United's trip to Brighton on Sunday, Mourinho said: “The truth is we are together for two years and I've never been so happy with him as I am now. That's the truth. I cannot demand more from him, I cannot ask more from him.”

  16. 'Delighted with Wan-Bissaka'

    Crystal Palace v Liverpool (Mon, 20:00 BST)

    Crystal Palace

    Crystal Palace face a dangerous Liverpool side who beat West Ham 4-0 in the opening game.

    Eagles boss Roy Hodgson said: "Of course you look at the attacking threat they pose (in preparation). We know where their strengths lie, but knowing it & stopping it are different things. We're at home & have strengths of our own.

    "It will be very difficult for us. We know what we're up against but we're ready for it.

    "We believe strongly in Aaron Wan-Wissaka's ability. We believe he'll get better & better. We're delighted with him."

  17. Talisman Zaha

    Crystal Palace v Liverpool (Mon, 20:00 BST)

    Crystal Palace

    Winger Wilfried Zaha signed a new five-year deal with Crystal Palace during the week after beinh linked with a move away.

    Manager Roy Hodgson said: "Zaha's new deal quashes any speculation over his long-term future. We're very happy with him - he's well liked as a person and a player. Has a talismanic quality to him."

  18. Coming on 'leaps and bounds'

    Crystal Palace v Liverpool (Mon, 20:00 BST)

    Crystal Palace

    Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson says the squad's looking very good.

    "We picked up a couple of knocks against Fulham, but those players are now fit," he said.

    The new players are "coming along leaps and bounds."

  19. No target for goals

    Crystal Palace v Liverpool (Mon, 20:00 BST)


    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been talking about his front three, as well as defender Joe Gomez.

    The German said: “I don’t think they are bothered about a specific number of goals (scored), they only want to win football games. They like the way we play and they get the benefit of it, and give a lot back to the team with their defensive work.”

    “I was never in doubt about Joe and his ability to play as a centre-back, but he needed time. With Virgil van Dijk, they have a very good understanding and on a personal level too.”

  20. 'Good memories because we won the title'

    Man City v Huddersfield (Sun, 13:30)

    Manchester City

    On David Silva, Man City manager Pep Guardiola said: "He trained with us in the last few sessions and trained good. Last week he wasn’t fit."

    On the Amazon documentary, Guardiola added: "We did our job in terms of preparing and playing matches, the commentary was nothing to do with us, and the producers decided what to air. I think it's an honest product and after one month we forgot the cameras were there. For us, there are good memories because we won the title."